Selby Jennings Headhunter Reviews

Does anybody have experience with this company? Is it reputable? I don't want my CV spread out all over different networks...

Selby Jennings Headhunters Complaints

Generally speaking, our users had negative things to say about this headhunting firm. A sample of their thoughts are shared below.

TippyTop11 - Private Equity Associate:

They seem to only care about measuring your comp, so they have a database to sell to companies. Avoid them.

Several users shared the sentiment that they spam the job boards and widely distribute your resume.

NuevoBanker:

Yeah, they spam job boards as well as your cv, give you no answers etc, Do not contact them.

TeddyTheBear - Real Estate Vice President:

I got calls from them before and they have no idea what the hell the meaning of bulge bracket is. Every time they called me they said they have this top BB bank looking to fill a spot. I get interested and it turns out the banks are no names I have never even heard of from countries like Japan and one was a community bank from Canada or something. They are salesmen and they try to sell you on jobs.

caparb - Hedge Fund Portfolio Manager:

These guys are spam artists. Most of their "searches" are efforts to find potential clients. Typically they send you an email asking whether you'd be interested in a particular role. If/when you respond to that email, they set up a phone appointment. During the call, they will ask where you've been interviewing. At this point, you have two options: 1) make up some random funds/banks, or 2) refuse to disclose the info. Either way, they'll say that the original role has been filled, but they'd be happy to help you in your search...and that will be the last you hear from them.

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Comments (32)

Feb 5, 2012

reputable but sharks, when they ask where else are you applying, they're actually asking who else has vacancies to compete against you. Answer wisely.

Jan 17, 2017

hey, trazer985! As you said, what kind of answer is "wise"? An applicant would typically, in my opinion, avoid submitting several CVs to a same company because it means a CV in trash bin. Therefore, he or she got to tell where else applied. Do you have any hints?
Thanks

Feb 5, 2012

Only dealt with them once. I got the impression they were CV spammers.

Feb 4, 2017

Would agree. They seem to only care about measuring your comp, so they have a database to sell to companies. Avoid them.

Feb 5, 2012

They seem to spam job boards as well as your resume (once they get a hold of it). I would be wary in dealing with them.

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Feb 15, 2012

it's a chaos company, have no good impression so far, keep you posted

Feb 22, 2012

Yeah, they spam job boards as well as your cv, give you no answers etc,
do not contact them

Aug 31, 2013

I know this post is dated. But would like to warn others. Dont trust Shelby under ANY circumstance. Even if they offer you an interview with Warren Buffet at Berkshire Hathaway!

Aug 31, 2013

I got calls from them before and they have no idea what the hell the meaning of bulge bracket is. Everytime they called me they said they have this top BB bank looking to fill a spot. I get interested and it turns out the banks are no names I have never even heard of from countries like Japan and one was a community bank from Canada or something. They are salesmen and they try to sell you on jobs.

Oct 12, 2013

I have to agree with u guys................. they don't seems to be working, like all recruitment firms............. wonder why employers still use them

Oct 12, 2013

I hate dealing with these staffing agencies
They mostly have really crappy jobs that they try to feed you and they have lied multiple times to me

Mar 14, 2014

Very bad firm, only calls when they want something from you, and never ever replies your emails or calls.
Don't trust them at all.

Sep 8, 2014

These guys are spam artists. Most of their "searches" are efforts to find potential clients. Typically they send you an email asking whether you'd be interested in a particular role. If/when you respond to that email, they set up a phone appointment. During the call, they will ask where you've been interviewing. At this point, you have two options: 1) make up some random funds/banks, or 2) refuse to disclose the info. Either way, they'll say that the original role has been filled, but they'd be happy to help you in your search...and that will be the last you hear from them.

Apr 11, 2016

Definitely avoid these guys. Never reply to emails. Why is it so hard to find a decent recruiter???

Apr 14, 2016

Yeah I had a bullshit experience with them. The trick question was "are you looking for fulltime or consulting roles".

I said I'm looking for X, she said oh this role is actually Y (surely would have said the other side of whatever I would have picked)... fortunately I hadn't given out any info they would have gained from.

Apr 15, 2016

Again, avoid at all costs. I had an offer through them but wanted to decline it. Recruiter got angry, berated me and then made me talk to his "client" to say thanks but no thanks - totally fine, they understood. Then lied to me saying another process I was in through them didn't want me (I reached out directly to the firm and found out nothing of the sort).

Also, don't think I'll ever be comfortable with a kid just out of uni who has had one job giving me career advice.

Apr 20, 2016

Ones in Singapore (Jamie and Jonathan) are to be avoided at all costs.
Jamie told me to follow up after an initial phone call and that never happened, and then after 2,3 weeks his colleague Jonathan emailed me to talk about the same opportunity, again. I wasn't interested in that position, so I didn't bother to talk but after another week or so, he emailed me abour another opportunity. When I replied, he told me that he would want to talk to me on the day because he would be forwarding CVs that afternoon. I thought it was a bad sign that he couldn't bothered to find another time that suits candidates but i gave him my number and he called but there was nobody on the other side of the line and I hung up. I wouldn't be wasting my time on them ever again. There are many good recruiters out there.

Jun 24, 2016

I realize this is an old thread but I've been getting a lot of recruiting calls, more than usual, lately and would like to know what firms are legit. I have a non-traditional background so as a 1st year Associate this is my first time time speaking with IB recruiters. I'd like to begin a dialogue with some good recruiters but I'm quite concerned about confidentially. I've received calls from Selby Jennings, Pinpoint Partners and The Travillian Group. I started another thread about Travillian because I couldn't find any info on WSO about them. Good feedback on them and I did speak with them, seems like a solid FIG focused shop. I've heard terrible things about Selby & Pinpoint. Any other recommendations? Ideally FIG focused.

Jun 24, 2016

Re. Selby: They have some stuff that are real, some that are shady. They'll throw out words like 'elite boutique' when in reality the firm is a mid/borderline top tier middle market firm. They're the kind of people you want to use in the right way but never trust, so I'd be cautious.

Be very clear and bold if you don't want them to send your resume around because I've had an experience where the recruiter (Cesar) will mass send and spam the resumes without permission - be very careful

Float like a butterfly, sting like the bee.

Jun 24, 2016

I appreciate the insight. The distribution of my resume/name without my consent is my biggest concern.

Sep 22, 2016

From my experience, I can echo other people's concerns about the firm. My experience has not been good with them so far and I probably will stick to more traditional routes going forward.

Sep 22, 2016

Totally agree w/ this all. I've been looking for a new gig and they have been exactly as described. I've also had similar (worse) interaction with spencer ogden - anyone work with them before?

Feb 3, 2017

I had a call with Spencer Ogden (uk) and I had a kid telling me about the market and he had two jobs. I told him about my experience and turns out I wasn't what they were looking for, he wasted 15 minutes of my life.

Feb 4, 2017

Absolutely horrible. Talked to some idiot there named Zachary Ragatz out of the NYC office. Avoid Selby Jennings at all costs and they need to be called out on how they treat people.

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May 1, 2017

Thank you for saving me the time and stress.

  • frontierdude
  •  Dec 15, 2017

Who are some decent recruitments firms in Singapore? Selby doesn't seem to be very trustworthy

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Jul 12, 2018

Avoid at all costs. Pretend to run processes which they don't after having checked with guys I knew personally at the hedge fund. Young grad kids who do not know the buy-side industry at all. Do not send your CV as it will be forwarded to random firms.

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Jul 12, 2018

Honestly, you can just do recruitment yourself. Know a few platforms that can connect you directly to bankers. Cheapest one I've found is The Lobby. If you're looking for tech recruiting, there are a few more in that space that I haven't used personally, but have recently come across. Just message me or reply here and I'll find the links. So much better than having to deal with a headhunter. Didn't even know these types of services existed a few months ago, so I try to share them when I can

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Dec 19, 2018

I just looked into The Lobby it seems like a great resource.

I would really appreciate knowing any other resources like this that you know of. I'm currently transitioning into finance after nine years in the Marine Corps. At the moment, I'm in an MBA program at a non-target, will be with an ABCD this summer in a Commodities Trading Internship, and am exploring opportunities in IB, so The Lobby looks like something that could be pretty helpful.

Thanks for the help.

Jul 13, 2018

+1 on avoiding them at all costs. bad experiences.

Dec 19, 2018
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